Crown Point Baptist Church in Simi Valley, CA


Truths About Eternity

One of life’s most important questions is simply this, when I die where am I going to spend eternity? Dear friend the Bible is very clear that when this life is over our physical body will go to the grave, but our soul will live forever in one of only two places. Those places are called Heaven and Hell. For the next few minutes I would like to explain to you how you can know for certain that you will spend your eternity with God in Heaven. So relax, maybe grab a cup of coffee, and open your heart and mind to God and His Word.

Here are four simple steps that will communicate God’s truth about your eternity.

1. Recognize Your Condition
Our sin creates an impassable chasm between us and eternal life with God. My biggest mistake when I don’t know my way is that I don’t want to admit that I am lost! My friend, God calls this, “pride.” In order to find the way to eternal life with God, I must admit I am lost in sin. Romans 5:12 teaches us that since Adam and Eve, the first man and woman on earth, a sin nature has been present in all people. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Sin is any act contrary to God’s laws and commandments, and those sins that I have committed separate me from God. Whenever I have been lost, I have paid some type of penalty. Every person knows that there is a penalty for disobeying the laws of our land. For instance, when a person disobeys the speed limit, he is sure to be given a speeding ticket and expected to pay a fine. Sin also has a penalty. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The “wage” or payment for our sin is spiritual death, and eternal separation from God. God’s Word says in Revelation 20:14-15, And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Religion and good works cannot bridge the gap created by our sin.

2. Religion and Good Works Are Not the Answer
Religions try to create their own ways to God. Their systems may seem logical, but they cannot bridge the gap created by our sin. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” In other words, our thoughts and ways are not what matter. God’s Word, the Bible, provides true answers of grace and forgiveness. In Ephesians 2:8–9 the Bible says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Through His death on the cross, Jesus Christ paid for our sins and delivers to us the way to eternal life in Heaven.

3. The Good News—Jesus Christ Provides the Way!
Even though we were lost and separated from God, He loved us, and because He is love, God sent His Son to die on the Cross and raise from the dead three days later. John 3:16 explains “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, He became the payment for our sin. Now, we do not have to pay for our sin ourselves. By His grace, salvation is provided. In Romans 5:8, the Bible says, “But God commendeth [meaning proved or demonstrated] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

We must place our full trust in Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness and eternal life.

4. Believe and Receive Christ
In order to have a relationship with God and an eternal home in Heaven, we must stop trusting ourselves, our works, and our religions, and place our full trust in Jesus Christ alone for theforgiveness of our sin and eternal life. In Roman 10:13 the Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is a promise directly from God that if you will pray to Him, confess that you are a sinner, ask Him to forgive your sins, and turn to Him alone to be your Saviour; He promises to save you and give you the free gift of eternal life. You can make that decision today by praying from your heart, something like this:

Dear God, I know that I am separated from you because of sin. I confess that in my sin, I cannot save myself. Lord I believe in my heart that you died on the cross for me and you are the only way to heaven. Right now, I turn to you alone to be my Saviour. I ask you to forgive me and save me from the penalty of my sin, and I trust you to provide eternal life to me.
—Amen
 
You'll never regret that decision! If you have just trusted Christ, we would love to know about your decision and give you a Bible and some other materials to help you learn more about that new relationship! Contact us through emailinfo@crownpointbaptist.com or give us a call at 805.285.3025



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